20 July 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Murder at the Flamingo

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

It's time for the 24 in 48 Readathon again! I've been looking forward to this weekend for weeks, and I'm excited to start reading my (mostly blue, coincidentally) TBR stack. Yes, it's a little ambitious... I'm sure I won't have time to finish all six books, but I'm planning to try nonetheless.

Now, Murder at the Flamingo will be one of the first books I pick up tomorrow, so here's a peek into it.

19 July 2018

Regency-Era Romance | Dangerous to Know by Megan Whitson Lee


“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.”

Isabella Bankmill seeks a husband whose character matches her list of requirements. The man must share her faith, but he must also possess a certain je ne sais quoi. The enigmatical Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby—London’s newest literary sensation—certainly possesses the latter. Despite a deformed foot and alarming views on politics and religion, he attracts the ladies in droves.

Haunted by his past and overwhelmed by his newfound celebrity status, Lord Bromby’s obsession with his own doom leads to reckless behavior. When he is stalked by an obsessive aristocrat seeking an elopement, Bromby’s friends urge him to marry a suitable lady as soon as possible. Intrigued by Isabella’s convictions and hoping to avoid further scandal, Bromby proposes to Isabella.

Isabella also receives an offer of marriage from kind-hearted philanthropist, David Beringer—a man equally devoted to his faith—but she only has eyes for Lord Bromby. Blinded by his talent and good looks, Isabella convinces herself that he’s not as dangerous as everyone claims. But when Bromby’s world violently collides with hers, Isabella must decide once and for all who is lord of her life. God or Bromby?

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing Inc.
Release Date: May 17, 2018

Friendship, Romance & Lots of Emotions | The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce


For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.

Sara's longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara's forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.

While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends' relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.

But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.

Does growing older mean growing apart?

Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas
Release Date: June 2017

18 July 2018

Emotional, Memorable & Page-Turning | The Truth Between Us by Tammy L. Gray


Nine years to win her. Three years to love her. And one decision that destroyed it all.

April Duncan was raised with three clear truths: the family name is absolute, ambition and success rule over every emotion, and love always comes with strings attached. Image was everything in her carefully crafted world... until the mirror cracked.

Sean Taylor was April's best friend, the one man who taught her it was okay to let her guard down and to rely on someone. She trusted him. She loved him. Which made his deception the darkest kind of cruelty.

Now, nearly a year later, she’s ready to leave her failed engagement in the past and get back her life and her estranged family, even if it means dating a man solely for his connections. She’ll never again choose love over loyalty.

Sean has spent his entire life breaking barriers, facing challenges, and never giving up. Until one impossible choice destroyed his future and left him no option but to flee from the woman who annihilated his heart.

Now he’s back in Bentwood and determined to make her hear the truth and rebuild the trust he shattered. But April has become a mere shell of the woman who claimed his heart long ago.

Winning her back is more than just seizing a victory, because if he fails… the girl he’s loved for a lifetime will disappear forever.

The Truth Between Us is the second book in the Bentwood series. Each book can be read as a standalone, but it is recommended that you begin with book one to get the full experience among this tight group of family and friends.

Release Date: July 12, 2018

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Until I Knew Myself

Waiting on Wednesday | Daughters of Northern Shores

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to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

Last week, I read Sons of Blackbird MountainI loved the characters and the setting and the storyand now, I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book.

17 July 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Favorite Novellas & Short Stories

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

In recent years, I've found that I love to read novellas and short stories every now and then. The ones I pick up are usually fun and cute and very easy to enjoyand romantic, of course. So, here are a few of my favorite novella and short-story romances.

I'm not mentioning too many Christmas novellas this week because while I love them, my favorites already ended up on my list last week—go check that TTT out, too.

16 July 2018

Romance & Watermelons | Loving Grace by April Smith

Welcome to the Loving Grace by April Smith blog & review tour plus giveaway, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Grace Summer lands herself in a melon load of trouble when she becomes torn between the boy of her dreams and the boy almost next door.

As the newly crowned Watermelon Queen, she is thrust into the spotlight, meets the dreamy Warren Hartley, and continues trying to get over an accident that rocked her world. Mix in working with Beau Baron who Grace happens to fight with just about as much as breathing and the metaphorical sparks fly.

Like most things in life, Grace must learn to take the good with the bad. While the good is the handsome and fun Warren Hartley, the bad is Beau Baron—or at least being around his annoying and rude self way more than she would like. For Beau, Grace is nothing more than aggravating and an irritating reminder from the night of the accident.

Tensions soar as Grace and Beau fight to love themselves and maybe, just maybe, each other.

Publisher: Ambassador International
Release Date: March 20, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #5

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Happy Monday!

Ooh, it was an exhausting week. I stayed up too late on more than one night racing borrowed audiobook expiration dates—but I got a lot of reading done, so I'm okay with that.

13 July 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | The Carousel Painter

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

This week, I finally read this sweet story I picked up from a thrift store years ago, and I had fun being immersed in the world of Carrington's carousel painting for a brief time.

12 July 2018

As Beautiful as the Cover | Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof


After the tragic death of her husband, Aven Norgaard is beckoned to give up her life in Norway to become a housekeeper in the rugged hills of Nineteenth-Century Appalachia. Upon arrival, she finds herself in the home of her late husband’s cousins—three brothers who make a living by brewing hard cider on their three-hundred acre farm. Yet even as a stranger in a foreign land, Aven has hope to build a new life in this tight-knit family.

But her unassuming beauty disrupts the bond between the brothers. The youngest two both desire her hand, and Aven is caught in the middle, unsure where—and whether—to offer her affection. While Haakon is bold and passionate, it is Thor who casts the greatest spell upon her. Though Deaf, mute, and dependent on hard drink to cope with his silent pain, Thor possesses a sobering strength.

As autumn ushers in the apple harvest, the rift between Thor and Haakon deepens and Aven faces a choice that risks hearts. Will two brothers’ longing for her quiet spirit tear apart a family? Can she find a tender belonging in this remote, rugged, and unfamiliar world?

A haunting tale of struggle and redemption, Sons of Blackbird Mountain is a portrait of grace in a world where the broken may find new life through the healing mercy of love.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: July 3, 2018

11 July 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | The Christmas Heirloom

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to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

Well, I might as well keep yesterday's Christmas mood alive... 

I've loved books from all fours of these authors, so I'm incredibly excited to see what they do with a generational novella collection.

10 July 2018

Sweet, Romantic Alaskan Fun | Alaskan Hideaway by Beth Carpenter


He traveled 3,800 miles to be alone...

…but is it what he really wants?

Relocating to Alaska after a family tragedy seemed an ideal way for author R.D. “Mac” Macleod to grieve in peace. But solitude feels overrated when Mac’s around B&B owner Ursula Anderson and her orphaned goddaughter, Rory, who’s already bonding with his dog. Worse, he’s imagining a future with Ursula and Rory. Is it time to finally forgive himself?

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The Alaskan Catch
A Gift for Santa 


Top Ten Tuesday | Christmas in July

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

This summer has been so HOT it's crazy. I've caught myself, more than once recently, longing for a cooler seasonand the books that come with it. It may be only July now, but I'm ready for some Christmas-book reading, so I can't help throwing back to a holiday-themed TTT topic

If you too need a break from the heat (and a little "Christmas in July"), here are the books I've loved in recent years.

Also, for more snow-related fun, check out Alaskan Hideaway.

09 July 2018

More Nantucket Island History & Romance | Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher


Six long years ago, Captain Reynolds Macy sailed away from his bride, looking forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship’s hold full of whale oil. But when that momentous day finally arrives, Ren soon discovers that everything has changed in his absence. Everything. “Is nothing on this island as it appears to be?” he whispers in despair.

Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn’t defer to Ren as an authoritative whalemaster, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and “mind the Light,” finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be–honorable, wise, faithful–she finds herself falling in love with him.

But how can she, when her heart is spoken for? Tristram Macy is Ren’s business partner, cousin, and best friend–and Daphne’s fiancĂ©. Love always comes at a cost, but when is the price too high?

Suzanne Woods Fisher welcomes readers back to the Quaker community on Nantucket Island for this riveting love story, full of unexpected moments.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #4

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Happy Monday!

Phew, what a busy week last week turned out to be. In addition to my usual blend of work, school, and reading, I helped my brother and sister-in-law move to town, had dinner with other visiting relatives, finally exchanged Christmas presents with a couple friends, and went paddle boarding to enjoy the beautiful, but HOT weather. I had a lot of fun, but I can't deny that I'm looking forward to a little less excitement this week.

07 July 2018

Hollywood-Based Contemporary & Revolution-Based Historical | The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck


With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.

Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty—a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She’s the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?

After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor’s letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.

When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow—his grandfather’s one true love—the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.

06 July 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Sons of Blackbird Mountain

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I'm so excited to be starting this book in the next day or so, so I had to share it.

05 July 2018

Fun & Spirited Western Romance | Love's Silver Lining by Julie Lessman


She tampers with his life.
He tampers with her heart.
Love tampers with them both.

Desperate to escape an arranged marriage to a womanizer, twenty-two-year-old Maggie Mullaney flees New York for Virginia City, Nevada with her Aunt Liberty, two spunky suffragists intent on bettering the lives of women. Fresh out of nursing school, Maggie hopes to devote herself to serving others rather than just one man, a goal quickly affirmed when she encounters Blaze Donovan, a womanizing cowboy who both riles and rouses her pulse. But when Aunt Liberty’s parents’ house burns down, she and Maggie are coerced into staying at the ranch of Liberty’s ex-husband, Finn McShane, who just happens to be the uncle of the cocky cowboy Maggie had hoped to avoid.

If there’s one thing twenty-nine-year-old Blaze Donovan can’t abide, it’s respectable women who spout piety and prayer, so when he butts heads with perky Maggie Mullaney at St. Mary Louise Hospital, he wants to stay as far away from her as he possibly can. Unfortunately, she now lives in the bedroom next to his in his uncle’s ranch house, a revolting development that sends Blaze to The Ponderosa Saloon more than usual. But when Maggie interferes in Blaze’s life by converting his favorite “disrespectable” girl, Blaze is determined to make her pay. Only problem is—the price HE has to pay may be a little too steep for his heart.

04 July 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | On Magnolia Lane

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

And happy Fourth of July, too!

This third Blue Ridge Romance book doesn't come out until November, unfortunately, but the picnic-y cover has such a fun summer feel that I can't resist featuring it today. 

Plus, I love You've Got Mail.

03 July 2018

Dead Drift | Spotlight

Welcome to the JustRead Publicity Tour's Takeover Tour for Dead Drift, the 4th book of the Chesapeake Valor series by Dani Pettrey.


The Final Countdown to Stop an Imminent Attack Has Begun.

Burning debris littering the ground . . . smoke pluming in the acrid air . . . this is just the beginning if he fails.

Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When Luke returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target's latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core.

Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he's back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster.

Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist's next mark?

Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: July 3, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Books With Red, White & Blue Covers

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

With Independence Day in the United States nearly upon us, it seems fitting to showcase books with the colors red, white, or blue on the cover. So, it's a simple list for TTT this weekbut one full of books I enjoyed reading in recent months (with one exception, which will be remedied soon). 

02 July 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #3

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

And July, too! How is it July already?

It was a mostly calm week last week. I did spend more time than I liked working on a project for my statistics class (not my idea of fun!), but I also went to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (a lot of fun!) with a friend, have been watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine (so funny!) for the first time, and managed to read a variety of books, too. Not a bad week, I'd say.

29 June 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Loving Grace

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

Summer seems to be the perfect time to sit down with this recent release from April Smith. It’s a contemporary YA romance with a fun premise, and I’m so excited to read it.

Hop over to Instagram for a chance to win the Loving Grace giveaway.

28 June 2018

A Mysterious & Romantic Trip to the Outer Banks | A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


A wounded veteran and the police chief’s daughter must work together to bring a killer to justice.

Caden Wallis lost friends, his girlfriend, and even his leg to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks broken and still reeling, struggling to make peace with his new life.

McKenna Dockery has been stuck in limbo since her fiancé died three years ago. Now, when the handsome yet heartbroken Caden arrives at her doorstep, she starts to wonder if there may be hope for her heart after all . . .

But no sooner do they meet than a man is found murdered on McKenna’s propertyand Caden is the prime suspect. The two must learn to trust each other, or no one will be safe in the tangled web of conspiracy, greed, and deceit lurking in the tidal marshlands of the Outer Banks.

Publisher: Gilead
Release Date: June 12, 2018

27 June 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | An Hour Unspent

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

I've loved both of the Shadows Over England books that I've read, so it's only natural that I'm looking forward to reading this third book. Especially because it's about Barclay.

26 June 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Series I Want to Finish Soon

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

This week, the official TTT topic is "series or trilogies I don't plan to finish." Yet, as I looked through my books, I realized I have far more series on TBR that I still want to finish than those I don't. I have every intention of reading some of these books very soon, but we'll see how that goes (ha!).

25 June 2018

Sweet Western Romance | Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


She won the job… Can he win her heart?

Hiring Amanda “AJ” Rowe as his assistant at the Big Heart Ranch isn’t foreman Travis Maxwell’s first choice—but his sisters insist she’s perfect for the job. And AJ’s determined to prove she’s just as qualified as any man. But with money on the line, AJ and her innovative ideas could put him at risk of losing everything…including his heart.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: June 19, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #2

Hosted weekly by The Book Date.

Happy Monday!

I went camping over the weekend to enjoy the lovely summer weather, but the rest of the last week was mostly uneventful—and I'm not complaining about that. I happily managed to get quite a bit read.

22 June 2018

The Friday 56 & First Line Friday | Sweetbriar Cottage

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

I love Denise Hunter's books, so I'm excited to start this one today. I'm hoping it's as charming as the cover looks.

20 June 2018

Waiting on Wednesday | The Proposal

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
(Similarly, Can't-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings.)

Happy Wednesday!

Summer has put me in a romance-reading mood (as I mentioned yesterday for Top Ten Tuesday), so even though this book doesn't come out until September, I can't help feeling excited about it now. The Wedding Date was really cute, and I'm thinking Jasmine Guillory's second book will be more of the same.

19 June 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | Books to Read at the Beach

Hosted weekly by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Happy Tuesday!

I'm not headed to the beach this summer, but if I were, I know I'd be packing my bag full of contemporary romancesummer just puts me in that sort of reading mood.

An Exciting Series Conclusion | Unbreakable by Sara Ella


Sara Ella masterfully takes readers to new worlds in the jaw-dropping finale to the Unblemished trilogy. With the fate of the Reflections at stake, Eliyana must destroy the Void . . . but at what cost?

Eliyana Ember is a reluctant queen. As vessel of the Verity—the purest of souls—only she can lead the fight against the wicked magnetism of the Void. If she fails, the paths between Reflections will cease to exist, and those she loves will remain plagued by darkness.

After falling through a draining Threshold and suffering near-death, Eliyana awakens to a Shadowalker-ridden Venice, Italy. From there, she must learn to navigate mysteries of time and space. Traveling across the seven Reflections, Eliyana seeks one thing: the demise of the Void.

But something else is at stake—the fate of her heart. Kyaphus Rhyen and Joshua David, brothers in arms, duel to win her hand. Ky remains ensnared and tortured by the Void. Joshua, though well-meaning, harbors dark secrets. Meanwhile, Eliyana finds herself torn, her mind and memories leading her in one direction, but her heart pulling her toward a man she knows she shouldn’t trust.

How can she discern whom to believe when she cannot even depend on her own fragmented memories?

Traversing the realms of fantasy and reality through a labyrinth of plot twists, Unbreakable delivers a thrilling conclusion to Sara Ella’s Unblemished Trilogy.

18 June 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #1

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Happy Monday!

I've been reading great books lately and I want to talk about them, so I decided that it's time to give a new post a try. Here, I'll highlight and discuss the books I've read, am reading, and hope to read, but won't be reviewing elsewhere on the blog.

15 June 2018

A Lovely New Release | A Storied Life by Leigh Kramer


“Live your own story. Make every moment count.”

Olivia Frasier grew up under the guidance of her grandmother's mantra: “Live a storied life.” The oft-repeated words gave her the courage to pursue art instead of working at the family bank until a mistake made in college altered the course of her life. Now, no one knows Olivia still paints. Not her friends. Not her staff at the art gallery. Certainly not her family.

She can ignore the twinge of unease, the regret that surfaces when Gram's mantra comes to mind, the question of whether this is all life has to offer.

When Gram announces she has terminal cancer—and names Olivia as her Power of Attorney for Healthcare—Olivia is thrust in to the world of hospice and dying wishes. Olivia may be the family’s black sheep but she is determined to see Gram through this, no matter the cost.

Faced with losing the one person on her side, Olivia clings to the knowledge that Gram's death will finally allow her to walk away from the family. And yet Gram is determined to impart one last lesson: let go of the past so she can live the life she’s meant to lead.

When Reagan walks into her art gallery, the timing couldn’t be worse. He’s everything Olivia ever dreamed of wanting but she has learned to settle for less when it comes to her relationships and career. At what point does owning your story outweigh the potential hurt?

Weaving together grief and beauty, humor and romance, A Storied Life will make you rethink life, love, and loss.